Music and more
The live samba, bossa and jazz that spills from Bar do Marco's windows on weekend evenings and afternoons is enough to tempt any music lover inside for a drink. Inside, it's a cosy affair with colourful artwork on the walls and a little balcony outfront, and the menu's worth a look too. Food here is pleasant if unspectacular, the mixed entree of quails' eggs, hummus, pittas, olives, cheese and salami is a good plate to share over a few drinks, and as a non-meat eater I found the Vegetarian Plate - fresh vegetables with a pesto dressing and a little pasta, a pleasant change from the ubiquitous pizza and fries that make up the veggie options of many of Santa Teresa's bars and restaurants. Wine is available by the glass and bottle, although be careful - I shared a good bottle of Chilean white here and, trying to order another, was told all they had in stock was a rather poor Brazilian wine. When the bill came, they'd tried to charge the same price for the ropey wine as the good one. The staff did drop the price by R$10 when I mentioned it, but overall the service here is not a strong point. Toilets, too, are in need of some work. That said, there's a pleasant ambience, good music and decent food.